Hundreds of Marines, soldiers set to come home
December 17th, 2010
04:15 AM ET

Hundreds of Marines, soldiers set to come home

About 2,000 Marines and sailors will return home Friday to Camp Pendleton in California after being deployed seven months overseas.

During their deployment, the group helped deliver aid to victims of the massive floods in Pakistan and helped to fight pirates in waters near Somalia.

"From humanitarian assistance operations in Pakistan to anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden; our Marines and sailors executed every mission with skill and professionalism," said Col. Roy Osborn.

The Marines and sailors will be greeted with a big celebration at the southern California base, Osborn said.

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  1. Fair4ME

    Bring ALL of em home!!

    December 17, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      Providing aids to floods victims and fighting piracy were just a warm up. After the holidays, let's send them to Afghan to pummel Al Qaeda & the Taliban militants – the 9/11 perpetrators and seeds of future terrorist activities.

      We'll break their back, tatter their will, crush them into submission. Just watch!

      December 17, 2010 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • debi

      Easy for you to say... send your sons there and then tell how you feel!!

      December 17, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      This is perfect! Just in time for them to get ready to head to Korea.

      December 17, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. cuentas

    IT is called Pope Army Air Field. Just recently we took it over.

    December 17, 2010 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. ybs

    Most of these Marines will be glad to see DADT repealed! It was such a BS, discriminatory practice and a waste of tax dollars.

    December 17, 2010 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain are an Idiot. I'd say about 99% of us want it to stay as isn't 'progress' to repeal it.

      December 17, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      Captain, what would be progress would be that you stop beating off! πŸ™‚

      Now, leave the military if you don't like the DADT repeal. Stop leeching on our tax dollars & pontificating about your fakking moral values. Don't be full of yourself - we don't need 'your' service.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Brieske

    ybs. Marines hate gay men. In a combat zone, Marines sooner see a gay man killed as fast as possible so they don't have worry about the gay man getting others killed.

    December 17, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • really?

      I'd rather serve next to a competent gay person than you any day.

      December 17, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. killerbee

    Oorah semper fi

    December 17, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Voiceinthewind

    Bring them all home and decrease the Military War Machine to %10 of GNP so money can be spent on America and its people instead of killing innocent people in the name of Politics. WOW an entire 2000 troops out of 80trillion what a F______g joke.

    December 17, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      80 trillion soldiers? Even for added effect thats ridiculous. The size of the US military is extremely small when looking at total population. .006 percent of the population would be more accurate, with just at 2 million servicemen b/w all branches active and reserve. You also realize the money spent on militaries dont just disappear into thin air. They go to contractors, manufacturers, etc which in many areas of the country are the largest employers. Also without political (read military) stability in a global market there are significant issues economics. Now I would like to see soldiers come home and our use of servicemen more heavily scrutinized, but the notion that the military's personel numbers are huge is just plain wrong. A lot of money is wasted by the US military, but that is b/c it is ran by Congress and nothing ran by congress is efficient (see medicare, medicaid, social security, postal service, IRS, or DMV for further proof). If you have issue with the debt crisis, turn to your elected official (which I am already certain of the letter that follows his name) and ask why social security was ever allowed to be borrowed against, why medicare and medicaid continue to cut reimbursements and yet expect magically for more people to take it.

      December 17, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. ***dude***

    Cool, new record! Yinz guys drug da whole conversation into da dumper in 2.5 seconds! U should be so proud of yourself!

    December 17, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. LOW LYF


    December 17, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. tommy

    Jim have you ever you ever served i was light infantry and i know i could not give a damn either way. Just as long as you held your own

    December 17, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. The Captain

    Great story, but why is the picture showing a soldier from the 4th Infantry division when they are talking about Marines? Need to find a Marine picture.

    December 17, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |

    Congratulation! To Get Back Home. Thanks for helping flood operations in Pakistan.

    December 17, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tired of the BS

    Welcome home guys and gals! Job well done! God bless you.

    December 17, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sharma

    Welcome home folks. We owe you a lot.

    December 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Terry d

    Welcome and may the rest of your days be filled with peace.

    December 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Richard in Texas

    Welcome home marines. Semper fi

    December 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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